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Technology Self-Assessment Tool


This sample administrator technology self-assessment tool is the collaborative effort of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and the state's Educational Technology Advisory Council (ETAC). The purpose of developing this sample tool is to assist superintendents, principals, and other administrators in their leadership role of implementing appropriate technology in their schools. This tool was developed by adapting the Technology Standards for School Administrators developed as part of the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS). NETS is an initiative of the International Society for Technology Education (ISTE). The NETS Technology Standards for School Administrators are:

  1. Leadership and Vision
  2. Learning and Teaching
  3. Productivity and Professional Practice
  4. Support, Management, and Operations
  5. Assessment and Evaluation
  6. Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues

We collapsed the six NETS standards into the following three strands for the development of this self-assessment tool.

Massachusetts Technology Self- Assessment Tool for AdministratorsCorresponding NETS Technology Standards for School Administrators
1: Basic Technology SkillsStandard III
2: Leadership SkillsStandard I, II, IV, V
3: Social Legal and Ethical IssuesStandard VI

We hope that this sample tool will help administrators make appropriate decisions regarding their own professional development needs and that it will assist them in their leadership role in their schools and districts.

1. Basic Technology Skills:

Educational leaders demonstrate technology proficiency and apply technology to enhance their professional practice and to increase their own productivity and that of others.

I know how toPerform Basic Operations
 1.1Start up and shut down a computer system and peripherals; open and close files; navigate with scroll bars, mouse, and special keys.
 1.2Manage files: save, locate, and organize files on a local computer and remote network spaces.
 1.3Resolve commonly occurring technology problems (e.g. printer jam, ink cartridge replacement, and frozen computer screen).
 1.4Operate and connect peripheral devices, such as printers and projectors.
 Use Productivity Tools
 1.5 Use the editing and formatting features of a word processing program (e.g., centering, spacing, fonts, margins, copy and paste, spell check).
 1.6Create an original spreadsheet, entering simple formulas (e.g. various number formats, sums, and percentages).
 1.7Use functions of a spreadsheet such as sort, filter, find, and calculate.
 1.8Perform simple operations in a database (e.g. browse, sort, search, delete, add data, and define field formats).
 1.9Create a simple multimedia presentation using a design template.
 Use Email
 1.10Create and send email messages: open, save, print, and delete messages.
 1.11Send, receive, open, and save files attached to email messages. Understand the risks associated with opening attachments from unknown sources.
 1.12Create an address book in an email program.
 Use the Internet
 1.13Access the Internet and use search strategies to locate information such as curriculum standards, grant information, educator licensing (ELAR), Virtual Education Space (VES), MCAS data, etc.
 1.14Bookmark websites or add them to Favorites and organize them into folders for future reference.
 1.15Conduct research on the web.
 Use Technology for Professional Practice
 1.16Create a report or complete a form using a word processing application.
 1.17Use email to communicate with students, staff, parents, and the community.
 1.18Use databases and spreadsheets for analysis and decision-making.
 1.19Use technology for sustained, job-related professional development.
 1.20Use presentation tools to communicate with students, staff, parents and the community.
 1.21Use computer applications for record keeping, data analysis, and research.

2. Leadership Skills:

Educational leaders inspire a shared vision and plan for comprehensive integration of technology in their schools. They understand that technology can support productive systems for teaching and learning, assessment, evaluation, and administration; and they ensure the implementation of their technology plan. The integration of technology includes curricular design, instructional strategies and learning environments that maximize teaching and learning.

As a leader,
I . . .
Provide Leadership and Vision
 2.1Oversee and direct the development of a technology plan that is aligned with the school improvement plan.
 2.2Communicate the goals, objectives, and needs of the technology plan to all staff members, the school committee, and the public.
 2.3Ensure that systems are in place for gathering data to formatively evaluate the technology plan and to use this data for decision-making.
 2.4Search for emerging technologies and evaluate their potential uses in the district.
 2.5Maintain currency and competency in the use of technology in order to model these practices for the staff.
 Lead in the Use of Technology in Teaching and Learning
 2.6Recognize, identify, and promote exemplary uses of technology in instruction.
 2.7Provide for equitable access (across the district and within school buildings) to technologies that enhance learning and facilitate productivity for staff and students.
 2.8Provide high quality professional development opportunities and ongoing support to promote the use of technology in instruction and to increase student technology literacy.
 2.9Provide for assistive technologies and related professional development to meet the diverse needs of individual students. Ensure that staff understand how universal design strategies can promote access to the general curriculum for all students.
 Provide Support, Management and Operations
 2.10Make informed budget decisions on the financial needs of the technology plan, including adequate staffing and other resources needed to support the technology infrastructure.
 2.11Leverage federal, state, local, and private resources to meet the objectives of the technology plan.
 2.12Develop and implement policies to ensure compatibility of the district's technology resources.
 2.13Ensure that the schools have adequate technology support to maintain the equipment in a timely manner.
 Lead in the Use of Technology for Assessment and Evaluation
 2.14Assess and evaluate technology resources and uses for teaching and learning, communication, and productivity.
 2.15Assess student and staff technology literacy and provide instruction and professional development based on the results of the analysis.
 2.16Support the use of technology to collect and analyze data to improve instructional practice and student learning.
 2.17Support the use of technology to assess and manage administrative and operational systems.

3. Social, Legal, and Ethical Issues:

Educational leaders understand the social, legal, and ethical issues related to technology and model responsible decision-making related to these issues.

As a leader,
I . . .
 3.1Establish and maintain technology acceptable use policies, addressing issues such as online safety, access to inappropriate sites on the Internet, copyright law, etc. Communicate these policies to staff and students and ensure that they adhere to these policies.
 3.2Ensure that staff and students adhere to the Children's Internet Protection Act (CIPA) regulations.
 3.3Establish and implement a policy to ensure proper licensing and documentation for all software used.
 3.4Establish policies and procedures to protect the rights and confidentiality of students and staff.
 3.5Promote healthy and environmentally safe practices in the use of technologies.
 3.6Provide equitable access to technology resources so that every student engages in technology-rich learning experiences.

Last Updated: June 15, 2005
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